We can assist at every stage of your business idea, from planning a business start-up, developing a business plan, or seeking sources of financing. In addition to offering a full range of resources, we can direct you to a variety of available federal, provincial, and local expertise that can assist you in turning your ideas into reality.
Other Sources of Funding
Business Counselling is available for free to any business located in Renfrew County or the City of Pembroke looking for advisory assistance. Coaching services can be accessed via telephone, zoom, or in person.
Other Sources of Funding
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The County of Renfrew
The County of Renfrew is a Municipal Government stretching west from Ottawa to the northern tip of historic Algonquin Park. Founded in 1861, Renfrew is the largest county in Ontario and is made up of 17 communities. The County of Renfrew provides services to help you bring your business to Renfrew County and can assist you with Resettlement and business start-up counseling, one-on-one business consultation, Networking and support services, Connections to potential employers, and Matchmaking for business ideas and opportunities.
Enterprise Renfrew County
Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC) provides entrepreneurs with the tools they need to start and grow their businesses. Their dedicated Small Business Advisor will help small business owners determine what they need to do before they open their business, during and after launching their business.
City of Pembroke
Pembroke is a single-tier municipality, which means a quick approval process for your investment. The City offers 11 grant programs through our Community Improvement Plan. Compared to neighbouring communities, Pembroke offers faster internet speeds, lower tax rates, and a larger capacity of serviced utilities for less.
Algonquin College Pembroke Campus
Located in the City of Pembroke, approximately 140 km. northwest of downtown Ottawa. Algonquin College programs cover a wide variety in Business, Computer and Technology, Health Science, Outdoor Training, Environmental Science, and Community Studies. The College also hosts Community Employment Services (CES), which provide employment assistance to individuals who are looking for work or re-training opportunities. Services are offered in both English and French. Individuals who are seeking assistance in finding work are welcome to use these services.
Labour Market Group Renfrew Lanark
The Labour Market Group of Renfrew and Lanark (LMG) represents one of 26 workforce planning areas in the Province of Ontario. Funded by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development of Ontario, the group works to provide accurate and timely labour market information to employers, job seekers and organizations that use labour market data for strategic planning purposes. The group also provides annual labour market reports that outline trends in the local labour force using statistical data from several sources, as well an intelligence gathered from local employers and employment agencies.
Local Immigration Partnership
In Lanark and Renfrew Counties, the work of Local Immigration Partnerships is administered by Algonquin College’s Pembroke Campus. To enable this work to happen, LIP staff conduct research to identify challenges that are preventing newcomers from fully participating in the economic, social, cultural and recreational life of the community. The LIP team also identifies new opportunities with a goal of helping newcomers settle in rural areas.
Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce
The Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to be the voice of the business community in the Upper Ottawa Valley, driving success through leadership, education, advocacy, communication, networking and financial benefits.
Ontario East Economic Development Commission
The Ontario East Economic Development Commission (Ontario East) is a non-profit regional marketing agency with a mandate to develop, implement and administer programs to attract new investment and jobs to its diverse group of communities. With a focus on investment attraction, Ontario East offers professional development opportunities and delivers programs to enhance the region’s competitiveness.
Additional Sources of Funding Resources
Internet First Stops
Creating a Not-for-Profit Corporation
Business Tools and Guides
- Apply for funding for the Women in the Skilled Trades Initiative under the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy – Canada.ca (closes December 1st at 3 pm)
- Apply for funding for the Innovation in Apprenticeship Stream under the Union Training and Innovation Program – Canada.ca (closes December 1st at 3 pm)